Prince George’s County Police said they are searching for a woman who allegedly ran a red light and struck a minivan, killing a child, and then fled from the scene on foot.
Police said the woman was driving a sport utility vehicle that struck a minivan carrying a woman and two children. All three occupants of the van were transported to an area hospital, where 7-year-old Azarya Johnson of the 2900 block of Brinkley Road in Temple Hills was pronounced dead. The woman and the remaining child were treated for injuries and released, police said.
The hit-and-run occurred at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of St. Barnabas Road and Temple Hills Road. Police say they believe the woman who caused the accident was traveling northbound on St. Barnabas and failed to stop. The woman driving the minivan had a green arrow to make a left, police said. She had apparently begun a turn on to Temple Hills Road, when her vehicle was struck.
Police described the woman who fled as a short Hispanic woman wearing a blue shirt who goes by the name Rosa. She was driving a Mitsubishi SUV.
Police spokesman Lt. William Alexander said a passenger traveling with the suspect remained at the scene. Alexander said investigators were hopeful the passenger could help them locate the woman.
As of Thursday evening, however, police said the woman remained at large and they were seeking the public’s help locating her.
The Temple Hills accident capped a tragic day on roadways in Prince George’s County. Early Wednesday, a police officer responding to the scene of another officer’s accident struck and killed a motorist in Bowie.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department.
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